2019 is looking to be a very exciting year for board games. For me especially. With lots of great new games based on themes and worlds I really like and from publishers I know will produce truly awesome high quality games. So without further ado, here they are my Top 6 Most Anticipated Games of 2019:
I’ve always been a big fan of Race for the Galaxy (and Roll for the Galaxy for that matter). Originally Race for the Galaxy was based on an older game called Puerto Rico, taking many of the same mechanisms and transforming them to a card game. With New Frontiers this strange circle is now complete. In essence it is a non card game version of Race for the Galaxy that shares many similarities with Puerto Rico. I am so excited about this one, and if any of the other “… for the Galaxy” games are any indication, I’m sure New Frontiers will be one of my favourite games of 2019.
Pearl Games does not publish a lot of games, but the ones they do always catch my interest. I’m a big fan of both Deus and Solenia. They also published the very well renowned game Troyes. While I did enjoy this, the art and setting of the game didn’t do much for me. But all of this will hopefully get fixed with Black Angel. Rumored to share design elements from Troyes and be set in space with magnificent art from Ian O’Toole, this game is sure to be a smash hit in my book.
Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated
Clank! still remains one of my Top 6 Games of all time, so when I found out they are doing a legacy version of it I knew it would be one of the highlights of 2019. Based on Penny Arcade‘s very geeky RPG show with the same name, this is set to infuse even more humor and madness into the wonderfull world of Clank! While I’m not super excited about legacy games in general, Clank! Is my favourite deck builder (and one of my favourite games), so I’m sure Renegade Games and Dire Wolf Digital will make a game that’s both hilarious and great.
Paladins of the West Kingdom
Last years Architects of the West Kingdom was a smash hit for me. I loved everything about it, the smooth gameplay, the art, and the setting. This year we’ll see the next game in this new trilogy of games. If it’s even just half as good as Architects of the West Kingdom then I think it will be a hit for me. Shem Phillips and S J Macdonald have again teamed up with the amazing artist, The Mico, to make a game that looks a little heavier than the last one. But I have very high hopes for this, and there was no way it could not make it onto this list.
I have the utmost respect for Ryan Laukat and his company Red Raven Games. I’ve almost all of their games and love how the look and feel. They have become very well know for their story driven games, and this year we’ll hopefully see the next big story game from them: Sleeping Gods. This is not set it in the same universe as Above and Below and Near and Far, but it’s set in earth’s 1929. Players take the role of Captain Sofi Odessa and her crew, lost in a strange world on their steamship, the Manticore. How can you not be excited about that? I know I am! Can’t wait to get emerged in this new world.
Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North
Finally we have a very recent announcement from Portal Games. They are expanding the Imperial Settlers family, with several new games (including a roll and write game), but what really got me excited was Empires of the North. It’s a standalone game from Ignacy Trzewiczek, himself, featuring 3 different factions (Scotsman, Inuits, and Vikings) each of them having 2 preconstructed decks. While it is unknown how much this game will share with Imperial Settlers, I am very much looking forward to getting my hands on this later this year.